The price of growth as the site expands.
Our public library used to have a room where adults could sit and read and talk and smoke while the kids sang and did kid stuff. I wish the Internet had such a place, although adult reading rooms on the Internet are a much different thing.
META: A surrender in the battle for nice things
The price of growth as the site expands.
I guess this is the part where we play a montage of BiSB's finest moments to that one Green Day song.
Making voting that powerful is something I disagree with for 2 reasons...
1. It creates an environment where dissenting opinion on a certain issue is going to be discouraged. If there is a raging topic of 10 guys just whining their butts off about say out of conference scheduling and you don't agree with their position, you're going to be far less willing to jump into that topic and contribute knowing that you will most likely be downvoted within minutes.
2. There are plenty of posters on this blog with ALOT of mgo points who are lazy and immature posters. that means they will have just as much power to down vote and handicap others as the good posters with lots of points.
This fallacious idea needs to die.
I was around in the long long ago, when the voting system actually meant something. People with unpopular opinions might have seen a few downvotes thrown their way, but no one was ever negbombed or silenced for having an unpopular opinion, and they aren't now either.
The occasions when posters with a dissenting opinion get negbombed are as follows:
*When they're being dicks about their unpopular opinion.
*When they whine about the "hive mind" being against them.
*When they whine about MGoPoints.
*When they exhibit a martyr complex with regard to their opinion ("I know I'm going to be negged for this, but it needs to be said..." "I'm going to educate all of you fools who just don't want to accept the TRUTH!" Dahblue is a prime example of a poster who continuously does this.).
So it basically comes down to "don't be a dick" or self important, and you'll do just fine. People are more than willing to upvote unpopular or dissenting opinions, especially when they are well thought out and/or have some sort of statistical backing.
The problem is when people with obvious/stupid/whiny/bitchy opinions think that they're being victimized by downvotes because their posts go against the hive mind, when in reality, they're being downvoted because they have obvious/stupid/whiny/bitchy opinions. 99% of negbombings based on the poster having an unpopular opinion fall into this category.
REMEMBER THE MELMETS!
I have to find a way to sticky or bookmark this post and just cut and paste it every time it comes up again to save time. I'd put it in my sig line if it'd fit.
Thanks for all your work BiSB. Good luck with the kid.
I thought you did an excellent job policing the masses BiSB, but as the father of a 19 month old little girl, I can say without hesitation, you will NOT have time to deal with babysitting this place once your little bundle of joy arrives. Congratulations to you and your wife and best of luck.
so as far as mods go, I guess you were better then most. This however was dumb.
This, also, was dumb.
Dude, if someone else posted something, about how they were leaving, nobody would give TWO fucks. But when a guy with a good track record here, does it, thats okay? Look I spend a lot of time on this board trolling the irrational assholes, and in this case BISB acted like an irrational asshole.
You don't wanna be a mod? Well don't be a mod.
Dude, your trolling "irrational assholes" is going to get you sent on an all-expenses paid trip to Bolivia. Why don't you let us handle the "irrational assholes" and you go ahead and stop trolling. We already have moderators on the board - we don't need your help. (FWIW, this kind of crap is exactly what pissed BiSB (and me, to be honest) off enough to quit his role.)
You're a good man, Charlie Brown. If I'm being honest, I've had the same feelings you have had recently and considered the same action. Just know that you'll be missed. And don't be a stranger.
Oh, and if you're ever down my way, don't hesitate to shoot me a message.
To spend time with your family, because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man....
I used to read every post on the board, along with most/all of the comments. I have nowhere near that commitment now. I pick the topics that interest me and stick to those alone. There's way too much nonsense on here with all the gifs and repetitive comments.
Good for you for walking away.
I have imagined what it would be like to walk away, but so far I haven't found a big enough reason. It will happen sometime, though.
This thread is rife with one of the most common sentiments found in many e-communities:
This place was so much cooler before you got here.
You should have read this site at the very beginning. 100% of the commenters were Brian Cook, and you had to be a computer engineer to get all the jokes.
Congrats on the impending parenthood, BiSB. But honestly, I'm glad you're no longer a mod -- now that fascism is dead and Hitler has been deposed (how did this thread go so long without this reference?), I'll be able to find out when Tool is coming to the Palace!
I've been on a few internet posting sites, and the ones that are "wide open" where anyone can post anything are THE WORST.
Making an honest effort to limit what gets posted to either something informative, attempted humor, or attempted logic--none of which include douchebaggery--is what keeps this site a cut above the rest. We don't need more threads; we already have plenty. We need good Mods to help keep this site good.
Thanks BiSB, for your service, and I hope that whoever takes your place continues to limit the board to relevant/hilarious content only.